Richard Tanner became Director of Music at Rugby School in September 2012, having previously been Director of Chapel Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, based at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Prior to that he spent 13 years as Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral, where he ran one of the UK's busiest and most wide ranging Cathedral music programmes which not only provided high quality singing for the Cathedral's liturgy, but also extensive educational outreach to the local community. 

Richard is also a Musical Director for the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service and regularly works on a variety of other programmes for the BBC, including BBC Radio 3's Choral Evensong and BBC 1's Songs of Praise. He has frequently conducted the Northern Chamber Orchestra in concerts, recordings and BBC Broadcasts (including three world premieres) and also often collaborates with the period instrument ensemble, Canzona. On 9th May 2013 he conducted Canzona, The BBC Daily Service Singers and the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields in movements from Bach’s Mass in B Minor, broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 from St Martin-in-the-Fields. He has given organ recitals and directed choral courses worldwide and has worked extensively as a record producer.

Richard was a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral; he studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Oxford University, where he read for a music degree and was organ scholar at Exeter College. After Oxford he spent a year as organ scholar at St Albans Cathedral before moving to All Saints’ Northampton, where he was Director of Music for five years.


Richard is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. In 2008 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians and in 2010 he became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an award made to former students who have made a significant contribution to the music profession.


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